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Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, Alberta
Fact Sheet
Location
Description
Park Development
Significant Resources
Size and Elevation
Park Facilities
Elkwater Townsite Facilities
Year Round Recreation
Visitor Services
Group Bookings / Campsite Reservations


Cypress Hills Provincial Park is an excellent
place to bring your family to enjoy recreation
and to learn about the natural environment.

Location
Cypress Hills Provincial Park is located 70 km southeast of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. You can access the park from the Trans-Canada Highway on Highway 41 south.
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Description
The Cypress HIlls is a forest plateau up to 600 m higher than the surrounding plains and covering 2500 sq. km. It consists of three separate blocks, one in Alberta and two in Saskatchewan.

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Park Development
Cyprss Hills Provincial Park started as a Forest Reserve created in 1906. The Forest Reserve expanded in 1910 to encompass most of the Cypress Hills area, including area of the present park. This area was designated an Interprovincial Park in 1989, linking parks in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

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Significant Resources
The Cypress Hills in an island of forest in the dry prairies. It consists of a unique mixture of boreal, montane, and prairie habitats, providing a home for wildlife and birds far from their normal ranges. The Cypress Hills are famous for containing many orchids. In this area, you can also find exposures of several unique geological formations and there are important archaeological sites including the 7,000 year old Stampede site and Metis wintering villages.
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A bull elk or wapiti.
Postcard. Photograph by O. Tarnasky.
Size and Elevaton
Covering 20,250 hectares (50,000 acres), Cypress Hills Provincial Park reaches an elevation of 1466 meters at the highest point known as the Head of the Mountain. The Elkwater townsite is at 1234 meters.

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Park Facilities
The Park consists of 13 campgrounds with a total of 550 campsites, ranging from walk-in tenting to fully-serviced sites with showers. As well, there are three group camps and two groups day use sites. Consisting of day use areas, beach, playgrounds, nature trails, interpretive viewpoints, and a Visitor Centre, the Park is open year-round with winter services available.

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Elkwater Townsite Facilities
Situated within Cypress Hills Provincial Park, the Elkwater townsite consists of a motel, service station, grocery store, laundromat, dumping station, post office, marina, boat and bike rental, and church.

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Year Round Recreation
In the summer, there is camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, hiking, swimming, sunbathing, water-skiing, biking, interpretive programs, wildlife viewing, and golf. In the winter, you can take part in skiing cross-country ski trails or the downhill ski area, ice fishing, snow shoeing, tobogganing, and winter camping.

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View of Elkwater townsite from the hill known as "Old Baldy".
Postcard. Photograph by O. Tarnasky.
Visitor Services
The Visitor Center with displays and audio-visual programs is open during the summer months. In addition, interpretive programs run from mid-May to early September. The programs include hikes, auto tours, children's programs, and programs upon request in the winter months. Program schedules are posted throughout the park, however, you can call for exact times or more information.

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Group Bookings and Campsite Reservations
Only selected campgrounds within the Park offer campsite reservations which can be done by phoning (403)893-3782 after May 1. Group camps and day use areas can also be reserved by phoning (403)893-3835 year round. School group tours can be booked for late spring and early fall, however, there is limited tours available for booking by other organized groups. Call (403)893-3777 for more information.

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Cypress Hills Provincial Park
P.O. Box 12
Elkwater, Alberta
T0J 1C0
(403)893-3777



Great Canadian Parks, Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park
Cypress Hills Provincial Park and Elkwater, Alberta Travel Information
Where to Stay in Elkwater (campgrounds, hotels & motels)

Cypress Hills Provincial Park (Saskatchewan)
Cypress Hills (Saskatchewan), National Film Board of Canada
Cypress Hills Photographic Workshop (Saskatchewan)

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